What is Child Watch?
Family Memberships are given the opportunity to use our Child Watch program; it's more than just care for children; it’s an opportunity to learn, create, play, empower and grow. Our highly trained and caring staff have a shared commitment to excellence in service and child development.
Child Watch staff will welcome your child in a warm and safe environment. With a wide range of activities to stimulate your child’s creativity, self-esteem and independence. Our values-based program will help young children learn essential social, physical and intellectual building blocks. For children 6 weeks to 8 years.
"We don’t have babysitters. We don’t need them. When it comes to our kids, we trust the Child Watch staff at The Y."
—Justin and Allayne, members at Sherwood Regional Family YMCA
- 6 weeks–23 months
This age group will have fun singing songs, listening to music and playing in age appropriate activities. Child to staff ratio for this age group is 4:1
- 2–8 years
This age group will enjoy playing games, doing crafts and coloring, blocks and imagination play. Child to staff ratio for this age group is 11:1
- Fun Club | 5–10 years
Children engage with many different activities ranging from swimming, rock climbing, gym time and outdoor play.
- School Age | 6–11 years
For true school aged children during the large school breaks such as Thanks giving, Winter, Spring and Summer Break. Children engage with many different activities ranging from rock climbing, gym time and outdoor play. Activities are not on a weekly schedule but by daily availability.
Child Watch Policies
- Drop Off
- Plan a few extra minutes to sign your child into our computer system. Our system allows for a secure Child Watch experience by providing safety stickers for child and parents with names, phone numbers and medical information. Parents will also receive text alerts if the child needs bathroom help or is upset.
- Child Watch is a drop in program. Reservations not required but are recommended. Child Watch staff are required to maintain ratios and may recommend a different time of use if our care is filled or expected to be full per the reservations. Calling a head helps.
- Parent Policies
- Parents must remain in the facility while child is signed into our care.
- There is a strict limit of two hours per day per child to play in Child Watch. Time does not have to be consecutive.
- The parent signing in must have a mobile phone with them so they can receive text alerts as needed.
- Children must be kept home if they have a sore throat, colored mucous, fever, diarrhea, shot reactions, or vomiting. If your child appears sick, you will be asked to take them home. Staff will make the decision as to whether or not the child is too sick to remain in Child Watch.
- Child Watch is a nut free zone. Any items made with or processed in a facility that may handle nuts are not allowed in to the Child Watch Programs.
- Parents can come into Child Watch to help their child adjust but we ask that they do not make their stay excessive.
- Parents are asked to change their child’s diaper or take their child to the bathroom before signing into Child Watch.
- Staff members will not change diapers of children 2 years and older. Parents will be sent a text alert requesting them to come and change their child’s diaper.
- Children Policies
- We recommend closed toe shoes for all children over the age of one year or any mobile children younger than one year.
- Children must stay in their appropriate age group while in Child Watch.
- No personal items such as toys, blankets, or electronics may be brought into Child Watch.
- Child Watch has a zero tolerance for biting, hitting, and bullying. Both sets of parents will be informed. Child Watch staff reserve the right to send a child home. If behavior continues, supervisor will meet with parents to discuss further action.
- Children who appear ill or become sick will be asked to return home until they are better.
- Staff will redirect unkind behaviors, use positive reinforcement and as a last resort parents will be sent a text alert.
- Children potty training must wear a Pull Up while in Child Watch.
- If an accident occurs, the parent must fully change child’s clothes and shoes or remove the child from Child Watch.
- Tips for Success
- It is okay and normal for a child to cry the first time they are dropped off. Most children become actively engaged within 10–15 minutes after a parent leaves. If the child does not feel comfortable after that amount of time, staff will send a text alert to parent.
- Stay positive. If you are apprehensive about leaving your child, they will feed off your emotions. If they sense that you are afraid or upset, they will be too.
- Always say goodbye! Sneaking out after drop off will make the transition harder, because your child eventually will look around to find you have gone and may panic.
- Stay consistent and keep coming. A new place can be scary. Once they have adjusted to Child Watch, it will become an enjoyable experience for them and you.
- You may check in with staff (out of child’s sight) for your own sense of comfort after saying goodbye, but don’t re-enter the room if your child is crying or has not calmed down after you said your goodbye. It will help your child learn to adjust to the separation and learn to be comforted by staff.
Child Watch Direct Line
Child Watch Mission
To show love to all parents and children by caring for the needs of the children and interacting with them in a positive way. To show respect to all parents, children and staff at all times. To be honest in any situation and communicate appropriately with supervisors, staff and members. To be responsible by following all policies and guidelines of Child Watch and the YMCA. To serve the needs of the YMCA and to meet the needs of the members, children and staff.